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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 1987 season was the unofficial first AFL season when the league when it was expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs. The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears. Port Adelaide, who are a successful club in the SANFL, was to be the 14th club. But their bid was squashed by SANFL. Port Adelaide eventually joined the AFL in 1997, 10 years later than originally planned.


Carlton were the minor premiers and won the premiership. They played Hawthorn in the Grand Final who finished 2nd in the ladder. Whilst Richmond won the wooden spoon.


The Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer was awarded to Tony Lockett of St. Kilda. He shared the Brownlow Medal with John Platten of Hawthorn.


# Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Princes Park   Robert Walls   Stephen Kernahan
2   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   Princes Park   Allan Jeans   Michael Tuck
3   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   Tom Hafey   Dennis Carroll
4   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   MCG   John Kennedy   Wayne Schimmelbusch
5   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   John Northey   Robert Flower
6   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   John Devine   Damian Bourke
7   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Footscray   Western Oval   Mick Malthouse   Rick Kennedy
8   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   WACA/Subiaco Oval   Ron Alexander   Ross Glendinning
9   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Windy Hill   Kevin Sheedy   Terry Daniher
10   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Moorabbin Oval   Darrel Baldock   Danny Frawley
11        Fitzroy   Princes Park   David Parkin   Matt Rendell
12   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   Victoria Park   Leigh Matthews   Tony Shaw
13        Brisbane Bears   Carrara Stadium   Peter Knights   Mark Mickan
14   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Tony Jewell   Mark Lee

Finals SeriesEdit

  Qualifying Semi Final  
  1  Carlton  
       Hawthorn         Grand Final  
  Qualifying Final           Preliminary Final        Hawthorn
  2  Hawthorn          Hawthorn  
  3  Sydney Swans     Eliminating Semi Final        Melbourne
       Sydney Swans  
  Elimination Final        Melbourne
  4  North Melbourne  
  5  Melbourne
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing

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